The new year is not the end of winter – in fact it’s barely the start, as the season begins on December 22nd and lasts through until March 20th.
That means unfortunately, there is likely to be heavy weather on the horizon, which traditionally lasts throughout much of the rainy spring season too.
Despite the relatively calm and warm Christmas period, you shouldn’t be complacent about building maintenance during winter and into spring.
1. Building maintenance priorities in winter
Precipitation in all its forms is a threat during the winter months, so make sure your building fabric is robust against heavy rainfall.
That means ensuring your roof does not leak and that drainage is working correctly, including roof-edge guttering and drainpipes.
If you notice specific sections of your guttering overflow during heavy rain, get them looked at to find out if a joint has sagged, if your guttering is blocked, or if you just need more drainpipes installing.
We haven’t had heavy snow this winter but it’s still worth getting old roofs surveyed to make sure they will take the weight of future snowfall – it can be very costly to reinstate a collapsed roof compared with reinforcing an existing one.
2. Building maintenance priorities after winter
As we move towards March and the official start of spring, give some thought to any work you want to carry out during the summer months.
In theory, late spring and early summer should bring more stable weather conditions, but they’re also a very busy time for building maintenance contractors.
So anything you can do to plan further ahead can help you to schedule the work and get it booked in well ahead of time.
Again, if you’re considering roof work, the spring-summer season can be a good time for this as dry days are ideal for work that disrupts the waterproofing on your roof.
3. Building maintenance after heavy weather
At any time, the weather could take a turn for the worse. Instead of seeing this as a threat, think of it as an opportunity to identify problems with your building fabric.
Make a note of the locations of any leaks so you can get a building surveyor to come and diagnose them, as well as any unusually draughty areas where you want to reseal your exterior to keep out strong winds.
It can be difficult to stay aware of small and isolated problems on very large buildings, especially high buildings where you might not routinely see the roof.
But it’s essential to keep the weather on the outside of your premises – so if in doubt, book a roof survey or a full survey of your exterior building fabric to decide if more work needs to be done.
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